Two Class Of 2020 EMBAs Named Best and Brightest

by SMU Cox|

Congratulations to SMU Cox EMBA Class of 2020 graduates Saadia Sheikh and Adam Tunks. Both were just named to this year’s slate of “EMBA Best & Brightest” by Poets & Quants.

Sheik earned her BBA at UT Dallas and currently serves as vice president at Jones Lang LaSalle, one of the world’s largest real estate firms. She is also the founder of PowerSense, a local nonprofit creating a community to connect, inspire, and empower deaf and hard of hearing children. According to Assistant Dean of SMU Cox Executive MBA Program Tom Perkowski, “Saadia has had a huge impact on the SMU Cox Executive MBA Program. Her vision for success and her belief in the why of her own success makes everyone who interacts with her better.”

After completing his EMBA degree in May, Tunks now holds three degrees from SMU, including a BS in Economics and a BBA in Financial Consulting. He is the vice president of Graham Mortgage Corporation. Perkowski, who nominated both Sheik and Tunks, said “Everyone wanted Adam Tunks to be in their study group. Clearly this was not possible. So, Adam did the next best thing. He held weekly study sessions and invited all his classmates to attend and learn. In my twenty years of being responsible for the Cox Executive MBA Program, no one has ever given multiple hours of their time to prepare and conduct study sessions in all courses every week.” Tunks is the son of now retired Meadows School Professor of Music and former SMU provost ad interim Tom Tunks.

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